David says about the Engineer mission to the Earth that "in order to create, you must first destroy". The Engineers planned to reuse the Earth for some other project ("to create"). This requires weapons that are fast and easy to clean up after the holocaust. The Engineers have selected some complex and rather dangerous (even for them) bio-weapon instead of, say, heavy nuclear bombardment that would render the planet unusable for they later purposes.
I think that like some human-made land mines, the beasts may have a self-destruct mechanism that disables them after the mission to destroy is complete. Then the planet is safe again after waiting for the configured time.
Giving ability for the long term hibernation would be against this goal.